Lonesome job gets lonelier: Only 5 lookouts left on Willamette forest

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Sand Mountain Lookout
The lookout at Sand Mountain works 10 days on, 4 days off. The lookout is one of 5 lookouts the Forest Service staffs during the summers on the Willamette National Forest. At one point, people perched atop the Cascades in 65 locations on the Willamette only. Airplanes, cameras and other technology have largely replaced the fire lookouts.